An off-track adventure
Julius Summit – Sunday 13 December 2020
Unsettled weather forecast made us change the weekend trip that was going to Angelus Hut into a day trip to Julius Summit. We left the Mt Robert carpark at 9am and walked up the Pinchgut Track for morning tea at the shelter.
The weather was surprisingly good and we enjoyed the views. We continued on the ridge to just before Julius Summit and had a short early lunch stop before leaving the track.
Maria guided us on the spur which took us down to the Speargrass Track. The main part was on steep soft scree that was fairly easy going. Once we were back in the bush, we went down as straight as possible until we hit the track. The undergrowth was quite thin which made it not too hard to find a route. We tracked the route on our phone app which showed an almost straight line down from the top. Well done Maria, and a good resource for future reference.
Back on the main track we took a rest and second lunch break. From there it was a straightforward walk back to the carpark.
It had turned out a warm day and we stopped for refreshments at the General Store in St Arnaud.
Trip facts: distance: 14km; total trip time: 7½ hours with 5½ hours walking time. Elevation gain and loss about 1000m. Those on the trip: Maria, Rob, Sue J, Liz, Julie, Eric, visitor Christina and trip leader Esther.